‘Mummy Porn’: How I Push The Barriers Of ‘Happily Ever After’

I hate the term ‘Mummy Porn’… It belittles what I do. It somehow implies that I spend my days and evenings sweating over my laptop like some dirty old man and his stash of magazines. Nor am I a sex maniac who uses her writing as an outlay from some serious frustration (although I’m sure Matt would be delighted if…

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Book Of The Week: ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’

Feminism is a dirty word these days but if you strip away the debasing headlines and everyday misogyny then you discover its true meaning; Equality. Men and women treated equally. It seems so simplistic when it’s written down right in front of you. So chuffing obvious. Equal pay in the work place. An equal shot at achieving a dream. What parent,…

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5 Essential Books for Bedtime (0-5yrs)

We love books in our house. Our bookshelves are overflowing with trips to Narnia and Hogwarts. Today I decided to bring order to our literary chaos. I did this by dividing the books up into two categories – 0-5yrs (Jess) and 6+ (Emily). Now each girl has an age appropriate range of stories in their bedroom. The bit before bed is the best time…

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The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times: Charles Dickens, My Grandfather & Me

My grandfather adored Charles Dickens. His favourite book was ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and I remember him reading me passages from it as a child. Sadly, he and my grandmother passed away recently. Their house is in the process of being sold and I’ve been helping mum sort through their belongings I came across my grandfather’s Charles Dickens collection…

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5 reasons why (the bit before) bedtime is the best time of the day

Despite their bad behaviour recently I really, really love my children. I’ve exposed them at their worst, so now it’s time to mention a few of the things that make me deliriously happy and proud to be their mum. First up is the bit before bedtime. For us it tends to be 6:50pm onwards. Bath time meltdowns are done. Time to scrub the blood off the walls.…

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Sharing Your Favourite Childhood Books With Your Children

Emily discovered Roald Dahl last year (cue air punch!) We’re both hooked. What a reawakening for me and what a revelation for her. I think I’ve been secretly waiting for this moment ever since she was born… We started with The Magic Finger, then The BFG, and now we’ve hit the crème de la crème egg – Charlie and the Chocolate…

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“I had nothing to lose and sometimes that makes you brave enough to try.”

There are two things that unite all writers regardless of genre – crippling self-doubt and rejection. And it doesn’t matter how brilliant you are, you WILL be rejected by someone. Perhaps by agents and publishers, followed by critics and then the ones who really matter – the readers. But what if rejection starts before then? Writing is hard. It takes courage,…

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